Saturday, August 13, 2011

Alphabet All the Time: B Week


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We just finished B week and it was a beautiful one indeed!  We have been having a great time
focusing on a letter a week.  In fact I think we might have gone a bit overboard with B week!  I just couldn't keep it to one activity!

If you want to see what we did last week you can click on this link: A Week

This is about how the week goes:


  • Monday: Letter Introduction
  • Tuesday: Person of the Week
  • Wednesday: Activity or Craft
  • Thursday: Tea (which will be more like a snack with style)

So, let's go on our B Journey!


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See her making that "B" sound?  lol
Handwriting:

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Just a Few B Books:


Activities:
Make butter

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It has been many years since we made butter round here and I just knew the younger ones would love it!  All you need is cream, a mason jar, and a marble (that is important!)

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Pour cream into jar, with marble (this crates a bit of agitation), and start shaking...

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and shaking...

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and shaking...

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While others are shaking, take pictures of cute baby.

It was at this point that I heard a loud CRACK.  Daisy, holding on to the jar ran into the kitchen.  I guess she shook a little too hard after adding another marble, and broke the jar!!  So at this point, making sure everything was free of broken glass (it wasn't that bad of a crack, just enough to leak), we tossed it into the kitchen aid and let it do the shaking... without the marbles!

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Buttercup and Rogue watched intently.  For Rogue that was about 1 minute, then Buttercup kept guard.  She was so sweet, she stayed with it and let me know when we had butter!

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I didn't get a picture of it when it was working, forgive me.  Dad came home at that precise moment and chaos ensued.  It does take time, so don't give up!

When you have your butter, pour off the buttermilk (and save it for pancakes or biscuits!), and then rise the butter till the water runs clear. Mould it into shape.  If you are lucky you probably have something cool to do it with, but I used a wooden spoon and in an attempt to be fancy, carved a little B into the top.  I know, Martha Stewart, I am not.

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We also did one other activity this week, mainly because I have been wanting to do this since I saw it on Sew Liberated.  

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First, get all your ingredients together,

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including some neat cookie cutters.  See my moose?

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Again, you will need some helpers.  Poor Buckaroo keeps missing out since it seems we end up doing these things during his nap time.

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Put in bowl:
1 Cup of Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup of Crack Oats or Regular Oats

1/2 Cup of Butter unsalted

1/2 Tsp of Baking Powder




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Knead the butter in.

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Add:
2 Eggs
- just drop in the whole egg, shell and all.

1 Cup Blue Berries

1 Cup of Bird Seed




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Knead some more!

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Roll out and cut with cookie cutters.

Bake at 325 about 20 minutes until hard and a nice tinge of golden brown.


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Don't forget to wash your hands well... you were playing with raw eggs.

Then place outside for the birds!

Some other B week ideas:


B Week Tea:

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A little blurry, but I had to share!

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